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SHE KEEPS THE FAITH
“I was raised in the Mennonite/Baptist world and became extremely devout. But as I’ve met different people and broadened that spiritual foundation, I’ve come to realise that faith of any kind really does move mountains. It doesn’t matter what label you put on it.”
SHE KNOWS WHAT SHE WANTS
“I’m a strange mix of someone who is quite reclusive [Evangeline and her partner, the father of her two young sons, live off the Hollywood grid, in Hawaii] and comfortable with very little but driven professionally. I don’t need to be famous, but I do have an enormous desire to inﬂuence people and connect with them. It gives me satisfaction to know that I’ve touched others.”
SHE STAYS GROUNDED
“I think this is the hardest time in human history to keep your spirit in your body. We have constant distraction and choice, which can be very destabilising and get in the way of experiencing life. So it’s important to engage in activities regularly that reunite you with yourself. For some people it’s prayer, reading, meditation, or a breathing practice. For others it’s a dinner party.”
SHE WRITES HER OWN RULES
“My book series, Squicker- wonkers, is what I wish had been around when I was little. [Evangeline has released The Prequel and is releasing The Demise of Selma the Spoiled later this year; for information, go to thesquickerwonkers.com.] What these books say is that if you let your problems deﬁne and control you, you’re going to have a hard time. But if you face them, you’ll be free. Bad moments will happen. It’s how you react to them that matters.”
SHE DOES MEANINGFUL WORK
“I’ve done NGO work in Rwanda for 13 years. Writing a book or being in a movie is great, but no one is going to die if I don’t do them. If I drop the ball in Rwanda, it has consequences. Sometimes I wonder if I’ve taken on too much, but I just want to live out as much potential as I can.”
SHE LISTENS TO HER BODY. ALWAYS.
“When I feel my chest constricting, that’s my body telling me to stop whatever I’m doing. It’s always right.”